Hello. Stand up comedy made a welcome return to my life last night. Via the conferencing app Zoom, I was able to partake in a 2 and a half hour conversation with seven other people.
We talked about our stand up experiences and we shared plenty of jokes and banter, as well as some fresh ideas for getting more publicity, via podcasts and the like. Why the publicity? Because the seven of us have a disability, either mental or physical. And before anyone says that autism isn’t a disability, it is. It’s a lifelong disability.
The guy who presented the meeting was a wonderful guy called Benjamin Elliott or Benny Shakes (his stage name). Benny has cerebral palsy and other underlying health conditions. But this doesn’t stop him from being an amazing human being, and me and Benny have been friends ever since I made my stand up debut back in January of this year, which seems an awfully long time ago.
Benny appeared on the same bill and I was wowed by his brilliant wit and self deprecating humour, with the gift of timing, all important in comedy. We keep in touch a lot and this disabled comedians Zoom meeting is a great idea to share our experiences.
I’ve not been all that well for most of this year, and I was looking for some inspiration and some laughs, and I got that last night. It was a great boost to my flagging fortunes….and it was also time to wheel out my impressions of Julian Clary, Chris Tarrant, Boris Johnson and X Factor Voiceover man, Peter Dickson. The others enjoyed the impressions and I’m very grateful for that.
I’ve just missed the live stand up, the vibe and the laughter of the audiences. But I will return stronger and better than ever. My momentum got stopped but of course, by something that we will never forget, the Covid 19 pandemic. But nothing lasts forever, and I’m itching to get back into it and to meet up with some of the other acts, who I’m in awe of.
Joining us last night was the guy that gave me my debut, Mark Burkwood, himself a stand up comic of more experience than me. I’ll always be eternally grateful for his faith in me, and it was good to hook up with him again, and he’s promised me a spot at either a virtual gig or the next available live audience one. Can’t wait.
All in all, a terrific evening and looking forward to the next one in a fortnight.
Yours in comedy,
Ian L. Fullbrook